MLK events, from Sen. Raskin


** SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013, 7:00-10:00 PM: “FORWARD OBAMA ADELANTE! A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF THE INAUGURATION,” Impact Silver Spring’s gathering of friends and allies from District 20, along with special guests from Lawrence, Massachusetts, placing the importance of communit at the center of the celebration. Remember that Barack Obama was a community organizer (and a state senator) before he was President!

El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Ave., Silver Spring, MD
$25 per person (includes buffet & music – cash bar)

** SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 8:00-11:00 PM, “The ‘GONNA TAKE US ALL’ INAUGURAL BALL,” a Raucous and Rollicking Party with our friends at the D.C. Labor Chorus and the Imani Center. This party will have dancing, dessert, and restatement of collective commitment to peace, justice and community service. Live jazz, as well as Dee-jay inspired “Old School” dance music, will rock the house. Black tie and formal dress optional. Dance shoes mandatory. A selection of celebratory beverages will be served.

Washington Ethical Society
7750 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20012
$20.00 donations will be accepted at the door.
Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Dancing until 11:00 p.m.

* * MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 4:30-6:00 PM AND 7:00-8:30PM, “CARPE DIEM’S CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY AND INAUGURATION DAY,” another irresistible community party and sing-along. This great party will feature, from 4:30-6 PM, a COMMUNITY SING ALONG with “Songs of Liberty, Hope and Justice,” led by Wendy Lanxner and friends, Including “Rosa Sat So Martin Could Walk, Martin Walked So Barack Could Run,” led by Marika Partridge & Irene Ravitz. $5 contribution. From 6:00-7PM, there will be a Supper Break where partiers are urged to support local Silver Spring restaurants or bring a picnic to the Civic Center, and then from 7:00 to 8:30pm, there will be a COMMUNITY CONCERT with LEA, Wendy Lanxner, and Emma’s Revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O). Phil Wiggins & Mark Puryear, and tap dancer extraordinaire, Bakari Wilder with the Greater U. St. Jazz Collective — Dance the Shim Sham with Bakari at the close of the evening to the tune of Cab Calloway’s “Jumpin’ Jive!” Swing dancers welcome! $10-15, $3-5 children – sliding scale. Blessed Coffee provided thanks to Tebabu and Sara Assefa– plus Clementines, Cookies and Cider.

There are also lots of service activities available if you would like to celebrate through acts of service, in the spirit of Dr. King. Check out